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ERP Implementation Blamed For Lower Inventory

By November 7, 2012

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 Companies blaming their computer systems for their troubles continue as iconic motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson, posted notice that their bike shipments in the third quarter was lower because of the implementation of their new ERP system. The company has been moving along with a five year restructuring plan which has seen a restructuring of its manufacturing operations, plant closures, major layoffs, ending of the Buell motorcycle brand and the sale of its Italian motorcycle subsidiary.

The company said that the implementation of the ERP application at its York, Pennsylvania, manufacturing plant has led to a lower inventory available to its dealers, which Harley-Davidson estimate to be around fifteen percent lower.

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November 10, 2012 at 8:06 am
(1) Gary Caulder says:

Of course it was the ERP system. If it wasn’t the ERP it was the employees. If it wasn’t the employees, it was the vendors…etc….etc….its always someone else’s fault but it can’t be the management of the CEO. Harley Davidson is a great brand that makes so-so bikes that no-one can afford. It’s not the fault of the ERP, its the management.

November 13, 2012 at 11:35 am
(2) Matt Kader says:

Harley Davidson has had its troubles but its way off base to say that the ERP system is to blame. What about the payroll software or the excel spreadsheets did they gang up and make bad decisions. Harley management are a laughing stock.

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